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Gustav Klimt (Austrian, Baumgarten 1862–1918 Vienna)
Date: 1912Accession Number: 64.148
Date: 1899Accession Number: 1980.412
Maurice Denis (French, Granville 1870–1943 Saint-Germain-en-Laye)
Date: ca. 1894–99Accession Number: 1999.180.2a,b
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At the turn of the twentieth century, a surge of creative energy swept across Europe. In previous decades, all eyes had turned to Paris. Now artists in many different cities made a bid for international prominence, advancing innovative styles and ideas. Among others, the Vienna Secession and the Wiener Werkstätte in Austria established forums for cutting-edge art and design; the Nabis in France developed a boldly simplified, decorative approach to both modern and traditional subjects; and the Symbolists, particularly in Northern Europe, sought to evoke the intangible realms of the mind and spirit.
Despite the diversity of interests, common ground emerged: a newly invigorated classicism; an inclination toward lyricism (expressed through references to music and dance); a move away from naturalistic representation in favor of experimentations with color, pattern, and form; and a desire to convey higher meanings, evident in a fondness for allegories and legends.
This gallery is one of ten that comprise the Henry J. Heinz II Galleries.
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